5 x 15 minute episodes
MPEG-1 Layer 3
The Bloody Chamber
15 Minute Drama, Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber Episode 1 of 5
Angela Carter's re-telling of the story of Bluebeard. A young pianist marries a wealthy aristocrat, a Marquis, much older than herself and with three previous wives, all mysteriously deceased. Finding herself alone in the empty castle, with nothing to do but play the piano, she cannot resist entering the one room the Marquis has forbidden to her.
15 Minute Drama, Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber Episode 2 of 5
A hapless maid wandering deeper into the woods encounters the bewitching presence of the Erl-King, the presiding spirit of the forest. She willingly enters his woodland lair and lies with him. But when she discovers that he plans to turn her into a bird and imprison her with the rest of his aviary, she must somehow break the spell.
15 Minute Drama, Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber Episode 3 of 5
Wolf-Alice is more wolf than girl. Brought up by wolves and taken in by nuns, she is sent to work for the Duke in his ancient castle. But he has no reflection, and a nasty habit of robbing graves
The Tiger's Bride
15 Minute Drama, Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber Episode 4 of 5
A father loses his daughter to the Beast in a game of cards. In his ruined palazzo, her new master asks her to disrobe. When she refuses, he reveals his own true nature - the beast beneath the mask. But she discovers he is far more frightened of her than she is of him.
The Company of Wolves
15 Minute Drama, Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber Episode 5 of 5
It's Christmas Eve, and a young girl is on her way to visit her granny in the forest. She has been warned not to stray from the path but, on her way, she meets a charming huntsman who has other ideas.
With their feisty heroines and orgiastic mash-up of beasts, shape-shifters and ghouls, her extraordinary tales are the most perfect example of her style, not just for her incomparable prose, but also in the dizzying twists and turns of perception, fantasy and myth.
Controversially influenced by De Sade, she embraced the erotic, explored our deepest and darkest urges, and subverted the roles of hunter and prey, master and mistress so that, instead of male sexuality, it is the female that becomes transgressive and powerful.
Dramatist Olivia Hetreed is a noted screen-writer, whose work includes the multi-award winning, BAFTA and Oscar nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson and the award-winning, critically-acclaimed radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold.
Sound Design: Lucinda Mason Brown
Director / Producer: Fiona McAlpine
An Allegra production for BBC Radio 4.